In its ongoing attempt to harness outrage over the death of George Floyd to advance progressive social issues, the Anchorage chapter of the Party for Socialism & Liberation is organizing another march through Anchorage. This time the theme is “Queer Wrath.”
LGBT activists regularly designate June as “Pride Month” and hold parades, carnivals and social events to promote gender identity politics and the normalizing of LGBT sexuality in schools, libraries, workplaces and the broader culture. The annual Anchorage Pride Parade was cancelled this year due to COVID-19, but Queer Wrath will go on. It usually occurs in locations across the country in July, following gay pride parades in June. The idea is to channel the festive celebrations into overt political activism.
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Earlier this month, the Marxist-inspired PSL rode the wave of protests across the nation to hold a Black Lives Matter march in Anchorage. As a national network, the PSL seeks to create local battles across the nation to advance socialist causes like free housing, higher minimum wages, abortion on demand, union growth, and climate change legislation, among other left-leaning issues. These topics have been woven into recent marches initially promoted to oppose racial inequality.
The PSL national website endorses the use of “militant” tactics to further its causes with the ultimate plan of toppling capitalism and establishing a new socialist government.
While the June 20 march begins at the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in the Delaney Park Strip, the main focus will be on those who identify as LGBTQ.
“Come join the queer members of PSL stand together in solidarity with the uprising in the lower 48 and in opposition to police brutality,” the group’s Facebook page states. “We will rally and hear from LGBTQ+ speakers about their experiences with APD. We encourage folks to take this opportunity to voice your story with us.”
The Anchorage march begins at 2 p.m.
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